Definition of close encounter in English:

close encounter


  • A supposed encounter with a UFO or with aliens.

    • ‘The book is full of local flavour and includes stories of ghosts, witchcraft and mermaids, close encounters, poltergeists and alien big cats.’
    • ‘All that is about to change when Roy has a close encounter with something he cannot explain.’
    • ‘A group of children playing in Littleborough reckon they have had a close encounter with a UFO.’
    • ‘The opportunity to have a close encounter with an otherworldly spirit brought visitors by the hundreds.’
    • ‘As he grows up he begins to believe that he had a close encounter, and other events in his life seem to support that.’
    • ‘Among the files to be released are documents dealing with Britain's most high-profile recentish close encounters, UFO sightings in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk in 1980.’
    • ‘Together, they have collected thousands of local eyewitness accounts of UFO sightings and other close encounters.’
    • ‘Will there be close encounters of the alien kind?’
    • ‘I live in the mid-west and have had a few occurrences of the paranormal nature in the past few years, never really experienced them before in my life and have been seeking someone to enlighten me on these close encounters.’


close encounter

/ˌklōs ənˈkoun(t)ər/